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92 Ford F 150 diagnosing air leak in air intake somewhere how to diagnose where with smoke

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I doubt smoke will help however the judicious use of a directed stream of flammable solvent (WD-40, Carb cleaner, starting fluid, etc.) or gas (propane, MAPP gas, etc.) will result in an increase in rpm when the leak is covered. Smoke is very useful when it blows OUT but hard to see when it is sucked in! Work outdoors and keep a fire extinguisher handy.

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